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Monday, November 09, 2015

Economics degrees proving helpful for those seeking MLB front-office positions: Zack Meisel’s musings |

First prerequisite to become a GM. Having enough money to work as an unpaid/lowly paid intern to get your foot in the door.

1. Role play: Managers no longer need decades of experience. Front-office bigwigs no longer need a major league playing background. Organizational roles are evolving and with that transformation come new criteria.

The role of a president of baseball operations is becoming more prevalent throughout the game. The Indians promoted Chris Antonetti to the position and elevated Mike Chernoff to general manager at the end of the season. Their responsibilities won’t really change. It’s more of a cosmetic title shift.

Dave Dombrowski holds the same position as Antonetti, but with the Red Sox. Theo Epstein does the same with the Cubs. The same goes for Billy Beane with the Athletics, John Hart with the Braves, Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers, Kenny Williams with the White Sox and Walt Jocketty with the Reds.

2. Office space: Here is Chernoff’s explanation as to why that front-office structure has become more common.

“We want to be providing leadership to this organization,” Chernoff said, “but it’s a huge organization when you think about coaches, players, scouts and front office employees, so there’s so much that goes into the information flow and the leadership challenges that the extra role in most front offices now is just a natural evolution of how much there is to do in the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, general managers

Monday, August 31, 2015

Blue Jays to name Mark Shapiro club president, replacing Beeston -

Mark Shapiro, the Indians’ team president, will be named Toronto Blue Jays president, sources close to that team said.

The announcement is expected to come as early as this week, perhaps Monday.

Shapiro will replace Paul Beeston, the longtime Jays president who is retiring. Beeston is expected to remain through the year in Toronto, and Shapiro may not start in Toronto until next season, though the exact starting date isn’t known.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, front office

Friday, August 21, 2015

Indians’ Shapiro a strong candidate to replace Blue Jays’ Beeston | FOX Sports

Other than moving out of Cleveland, is Toronto really a better franchise?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: front office

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Boston Red Sox hire former Los Angles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto as consultant

The Boston Red Sox have hired former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto as a consultant to help in player evaluation and offseason planning, the team confirmed Wednesday. The role is not a permanent position.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, red sox

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Thesis Could Be Written on Haverford College’s Influence in Baseball - The New York Times

If you want to work in baseball, you might want to consider Haverford College.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, general managers

Monday, June 29, 2015

Phillies Hire Andy MacPhail As Pat Gillick’s Successor

Andy brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking. … In 1986, Andy was the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when he served in that role for the Twins. The following year, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series title. When the Orioles hired him eight years ago, Andy became the first president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball. During his tenure in Baltimore, he greatly expanded the use of statistical analysis in player evaluations. That’s the new age thinking.”

Welcome to the 90s Phils!!!

eddieot Posted: June 29, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, pat gillick, phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Matt Goldman: Andy MacPhail set to join Phillies as top executive

It’s finally happening…

According to Jon Heyman, the Phillies are expected to name former Twins, Cubs, and Orioles executive Andy MacPhail as the new leader of the club. While current President Pat Gillick will remain with Philadelphia in a consultation role, MacPhail will take over the lion’s share of responsibility when it comes to the Phillies’ future. He’s set to be installed soon, as it will give him ample time to “evaluate the team’s general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg”.

JE (Jason) Posted: June 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, pat gillick, phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wei-Yin Chen is not happy about his demotion and he may have a point

Seems like a strange way to treat your good young front line pitcher.

villainx Posted: June 16, 2015 at 10:57 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, orioles, weird



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